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April 7th is the beginning of the Genocide Memorial Week. It is a time to remember the atrocities committed against our fellow man while the world sat back and watched. If you are not familiar with the genocide in Rwanda, I would recommend reading about it. There are many books that shed light on this terrible event in our history. Below is a summary from the government about why they have time each year to remember such a horrific event. Remember, it happened before, it happened in 1994, and it can happen again. The only way to prevent events in the future is to learn from the past. I know there is a lot below, so if you don’t read all of it, PLEASE at least read what I think are the important parts highlighted.
April 7th is Rwanda’s National Mourning Day for the Genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda. It is observed:
- To remember what happened during the Genocide
- To sympathize with, and provide support to, Genocide survivors as they go through tough moments of remembering atrocities
- To restore the dignity of our beloved ones who were killed, by burying them properly, remembering the good things about them and giving tribute to those who struggled to save lives during that period.
(Guhesha icyubahiro abacu bapfuye, tubashyingura neza, twibuka ibyiza bakoze, tunashimira abagerageje guhisha abantu)
- To reflect on the crime of Genocide, and other related crimes against humanity, and to resolve to “Never Again” allow Genocide to occur
- To observe a minute of silence at 12 noon on April 7th